Directly administered by the Ministry of Education of China, Shaanxi Normal University, a key university under the construction plan of China’s national “211 Project" and a university under China’s Innovation Platform Construction Plan of the“985” Superior Discipline of Teacher Education, is a major base for training teachers and administrators of higher learning institutes and secondary schools as well as other high-level professionals in China, and is known as the “Cradle of Teachers” in Northwest China. The University, situated in the ancient capital city of Xi’an, one of the four internationally renowned historical and cultural cities, was founded in 1944 under its original name "Shaanxi Provincial Teachers’ College", and then renamed "Xi’an Teachers’ College" in 1954. In 1960, it merged with "Shaanxi Teachers’ College" to become "Shaanxi Normal University". In 1978, it was brought under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of China. During its more than 70-year history in education, the University, while rooted in China’s West, has embraced the whole country, developed a school spirit of “Morality, Learning, Aspiration and Action” and has seen itself become firmly established in Western China as an influential top-tier comprehensive teachers training university, as it strives to achieve the goal of building itself to be a major comprehensive research university distinguished by its teacher education. The current chairman of University Council is Prof. Gan Hui, while Prof. Cheng Guangxu serves as the university president. The University, situated in the ancientcapital city of Xi’an, one of the four internationally renowned historical andcultural cities, was founded in 1944 under its original name, ShaanxiProvincial Teachers’ College, and then renamed Xi’an Teachers’ College in 1954.In 1960, it merged with Shaanxi Teachers’ College to become Shaanxi NormalUniversity. In 1978, it was brought under the direct administration of theMinistry of Education of China. The University has two doctoral dissertations named China’s One Hundred Outstanding Doctoral Dissertations and another two nominated China’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertations. The University actively implements strategies for building a strong school in scientific research and has made steady progress in its research findings. Since the beginning of the national “Eleventh Five Year Plan”, the University has undertaken 315 research projects at or above the provincial- or ministerial-level in the area of humanities and social science, including 54 national Social Science Foundation projects and 68 Ministry of Education projects. The University has received awards for its 118 humanities and social science research findings at or above the provincial- or ministerial-level, published 306 academic works, 133 textbooks and 3385 academic papers in humanities and social science. The University has also undertaken 318 research projects in the area of natural science at or above the provincial- or ministerial-level, including 108 national Natural Science Foundation projects, 4 projects under the national “863 Project” (National High Technology Research and Development Program) and 1 preliminary special project under the “973 Program” (Major Project of Chinese National Programs for Fundamental Research and Development). Also in the area, 93 academic works and 4791 academic papers have been published, 18 research findings have received Shaanxi Provincial Science and Technology Awards, 95 research findings have been granted patents, including 92 invention patents and 3 new utility model patents.